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Jean-Baptiste Pigalle
Madame de Pompadour
1748–51
White marble (Sost, the French Pyrenees)

29 7/8 x 18 5/8 x 11 3/8 inches
The Jules Bache Collection, 1949

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpt from  The Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Madame de Pompadour

The portrait was completed in 1751 when Madame de Pompadour was twenty-seven years old. It was probably meant for her residence château de Bellevue, which was finished the same year. She chose the stone for the bust, a hard and brittle marble, with the intention of promoting the use of local French materials. This piece was the first to be made of the white marble from the newly discovered quarry of Sost in the French Pyrenees.

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Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French, (1714-1785)
b. January 26, 1714
d. 1785


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